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for watching. we appreciate your time and hope to you again in a half hour. tonight on "world news," feeling lucky? mega-millions mania from coast to coast. the incredible things people are doing for a shot at the biggest jackpot ever. heart-stopping new video. a tornado of such fury, it can crumple a bus. we'll tell you how the bus driver and her kids outran the monster tornado. big squeeze. gas prices now $4 a gallon in 11 states. what this means for your dinner out tonight. and heart of a champion. robin roberts brings us lessons in courage and confidence, learned from our "person of the week." good evening. as we come on the air, history is being made tonight, one
lottery ticket at a time. $640 million, up for grabs in the biggest lottery ever. and here is what americans are doing to get their tickets. look at the lines stretching down a desert road, there it is, in san bernardino, california. one person waited six hours for a ticket. thousands were streaming across the border for neighboring nevada, which doesn't have a lottery. and neither does mississippi, leading to gridlock across state lines in delta, louisiana. but did you know this? only half of the money collected goes to the winner? so, we decided to find out where the rest of the money goes, and abc's ron claiborne is on the lottery beat tonight and starts us off. ron? >> reporter: and good evening, diane. there has been a surge of ticket-wifing in these final hours before the drawing later tonight. that jackpot, we're talking of a magnitude of nearly double the biggest payout ever. this is way past mega-millions mania. >> oh, my god. i would do -- i would probably
faint. >> reporter: it's now more like a national fever. >> i'll buy 20 now, i think i already bought like 50 of them. >> reporter: from los angeles to chicago to new york city, people waited for hours just to plunk down a single dollar for a chance at that mega prize. others bought hundreds, even thousands of tickets. >> we are all equally pumped up and going through something that we have never seen before in the history of the lottery. this is a world record. >> reporter: back on the 27th of january, the mega-millions jackpot was a mere $12 million. since then, it has grown and grown, 18 consecutive drawings without anyone picking the winning number. that has never happened before. in new york state alone, tickets are now selling at a frenetic 3.8 million an hour. nationwide, lottery officials estimate americans will have spent $1.5 billion on lottery tickets by 11:00 p.m., when tonight's numbers are drawn. so, where does all the money go? each state is a little
different, but for every dollar ticket you buy, roughly 50 cents goes to the big jackpot. 9 cents are kept by the lottery. 6 cents go to the seller behind the counter. and the rest goes to the state. they would enjoy a wind fall in taxes. for rhode island, that would mean $27 million. are you hoping for a rhode islander? i imagine so. >> that would be wonderful. $27 million could go from putting wifi in all of our schools in the state of rhode island to a -- not having to do a $25 million bond issue for affordable housing. >> reporter: and while the odds of picking the winning numbers are 1 in 176 million, there is a way you guarantee you pick the winner. by collecting every available combination of six digits. the only problem? it would cost you $176 million. not to mention that if it just took five seconds to spit out each ticket, it could take 28 years to buy all of them. for many, this hope springs eternal.
>> 100% certain that i am going to win. >> reporter: and the final chance to buy tickets will be 10:45 eastern time. the drawing, of course, is at 11:00. lottery officials say there is about 95% to 97% chance that someone will pick the winning numbers tonight, diane. >> but if no one does pick it, how much does it go up? >> reporter: well, in that unlikely event, they are talking about close to, listen to this, a billion dollars, when there's a drawing next tuesday. a billion dollars. >> it is a kind of fever out there. thank you, ron claiborne. and amid the dreams and fantasies of a lottery win, there is a reality americans are dealing with every day. the average price of a gallon of gas, now at $3.93 a gallon, up three cents this past week. so, where did those prices go from here? abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: that big squeeze at the pump is making it much more difficult to get a grip on your
budget. the surge in gas prices is forcing americans to adjust. vacation plans are the first to plummet. more than half of people planning to travel by karsay an increase in gas prices will effect their summer travel. 44% say they'll take fewer trips and spend less money shopping. looking for a cheap gas destination? try wyoming or montana. at the other extreme, in nome, alaska, gas is the most expensive in the country. almost $6 a gallon! in an exclusive interview with diane sawyer this week, federal reserve chairman ben bernanke said relief may be coming. >> reporter: you have real hope they'll come down after a month? >> probably between now and the next couple months up to july 4th or so, we'll probably see prices go up somewhat further. after that we should see some relief. >> reporter: he went on to say he didn't think gas prices would disrupt america's economic recovery. but today's sky high prices are still taking their toll. linsey davis, abc news, new york.
turning now to our own mellody hobson. and we just heard the chairman of the fed said he thought by july 1st, july 4th, prices will start to come down? >> i actually agree with him. one of the reasons is, the more the prices go up, the consumption actually goes down, and that actually brings down usage and therefore brings down the price. >> brings it down over time. but in the painful meantime, you were going to do some math for us about the affect on the american family pocketbook? >> so, the statistics show that for every one penny that the prices go up at the pump, it represents $1 billion in consumer spending. so, prices are up 51 cents already year to date. that's $51 billion in consumer spending. >> and yet we heard the fed chairman say he didn't think the gas prices so far were affecting the recovery. agree with that? >> yes. because if you look at all the data, all the signs are on a
continued economic recovery in this country, from everything from consumer confidence to consumer spending, all of the signs show the u.s. economy is continuing to strengthen. >> and we thank mellody hobson. and now, we want to tell you about a ruling in the highly charged debate over one of those chemicals we see in the headlines. bpa. the chemical found in plastic bottles and canned foods. critics have claimed that bpa is linked to cancer and other diseases and may be particularly dangerous to infants and small children. but today, the fda refused to ban the chemical, saying there is not enough scientific evidence for a ban. government scientists, they say, will continue to study the chemical. and now, for the first time, the youngest wife of osama bin laden breaks her silence, revealing how the terrorist evaded the u.s. manhunt for nine and a half years. her story made public nearly one year after a team of navy s.e.a.l.s shot bin laden and wounded her. abc's chief investigative
correspondent brian ross back on the bin laden beat for us tonight. >> reporter: it is bin laden's youngest wife, amal, who married him as a teenager, who is doing the talking. >> the two older wives that were with him, who were both saudis, are apparently more from the old tradition, that they're going to not cooperate. >> reporter: the u.s. search for bin laden focused on rural mountainous regions of pakistan. but according to the wife's account to pakistani authorities, bin laden outwitted the u.s., by choosing to hide in populated urban areas. >> so the united states was doing what came easy to it, why he was in nice homes in big cities. >> reporter: over his years on the run, bin laden lived in four different pakistani cities in five different safehouses, even as pakistani leaders repeatedly denied he was in the country. >> we don't have any information of that sort. there is no proof whatsoever that he's here. >> reporter: amal and the two other wives shared the crowded abbottabad compound where bin laden was ultimately found, a
place where he spent his time watching satellite tv news and trying to keep peace among the wives and at least eight children and five grandchildren. >> i can only begin to imagine that that looked like american reality tv. that he was living in some version of the kardashians in abbottabad. >> reporter: amal was the clear favorite, the one who shared his bedroom and was shot in the leg trying to protect her husband during the u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s raid last year. >> that kind of self-sacrifice was something often discussed by bin laden and other members of his family. >> reporter: at one point, bin laden's young wife said u.s. military helicopters, apparently on a mercy mission following a 2005 earthquake, flew directly overhead, completely unaware that the world's most wanted man was right beneath them. if bin laden's young wife gave the names of any pakistani officials helped them hide, it's not included in the documents made public today. the wives are expected to be charged with violations of pakistani immigration law next
week and still not have been made available to the u.s. for a full interrogation. >> still not, a year later? >> reporter: they tried to talk quickly and they wouldn't talk at all. we still don't know all they have to say or who else might have helped them hide. >> all right, thank you so much, brian ross. and now, how attached are you to the pennies in your pocket? a surprising headline today from our neighbors to the north, in canada. starting this fall, it will be the end of the penny there. they're going to stop making them, saying it will save $11 million a year to do it. and a lot of americans are now asking if it's time we do the same. abc's jon karl with the pros and cons. >> reporter: where would we be if we'd never had the penny? bing crosby couldn't sing about -- ♪ pennies from heaven >> reporter: no penny loafers, no penny candy. the sad truth? these days, a penny made is a penny wasted. as we discovered on a trip to the mint last year, a penny doesn't even buy a penny anymore. more than any other coin around here, they make pennies.
and each one of these things costs about 1.8 cents to make. in other words, almost 2 cents to make a penny. and over the past year, it has gotten even more expensive. it now costs 2.4 cents to make a cent. and yet, just last year, the mint made 4.9 billion pennies. do the math. that's $118 million spent just to make $49 million worth of pennies. the only other coin we lose money by making is the nickel, which now costs 11 cents to make. but the penny has mighty defenders. there's a group called "americans for common cents," funded by the mining company with a monopoly on selling the zinc now used to make pennies. and honest abe. as the lincoln library told us, they'll fight for the lincoln penny, right down to the last cent. so, chances are, no matter how
little it buys, or how much it costs, the u.s. penny is here to stay. jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to jon. and still ahead here on "world news," that heart-stopping new video. watch this. the bus decimated by the monster tornado. three minutes earlier, the bus was full of children. we'll tell you the astonishing story of how they survived, ived, . you wouldn't want your doctor doing your job. so why are you doing hers? only your doctor can determine if your persistent heartburn is actually something more serious... like acid reflux disease. over time, stomach acid can damage the lining of your esophagus. for many, prescription nexium not only provides 24-hour heartburn relief, but can also help heal acid related erosions in the lining of your esophagus. talk to your doctor about the risk for osteoporosis-related bone fractures and low magnesium levels with long-term use of nexium. possible side effects include headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain. other serious stomach conditions may still exist. let your doctor do her job, and you do yours.
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victories, only to face a devastating diagnosis herself a year ago. early onset dementia. but we all saw her there this week with her team for march madness. this coach, who taught so many women how to be resilient, no matter what life throws you. taught so many women, including a reporter, named robin. >> she makes you know that you are strong enough to get back up. she makes you believe that. i know a lot of things said about the steely blue-eyed stare. >> reporter: steely blue eyes and big embrace. pat summitt is the winningest coach, male of female, in any collegiate sport in american history. she created a generation of competitors, teaching them champions don't always win, but champions always get back up and back into the game. >> way to respond.
>> maybe that game will be different. maybe that game i'll make the shot. maybe that game and that's how you approach the pitfalls of life. there's something about her, especially when you are down. when i had cancer, she was coaching me. she was finding people. she was willing me to be well, and she does that with everyone. there's just something about her that makes you better. >> all right, let's go, right here. >> reporter: today, her female athletes at the university of tennessee practice in their own giant stadium. but 38 years ago, when she started all this, no one wanted girl athletes. she not only coached them, she drove the players to the game and washed their uniforms. didn't she wash their clothes and drive them to the games? >> absolutely, and would stick her head out the window to stay awake. she had done it all. and she just built that program
from scratch. so, when you see the facility now, it is literally the house that pat built. >> reporter: and now, all those women are cheering her on. she was there on the sidelines last tuesday night, more than a year after her diagnosis of early onset dementia. right after she got that diagnosis, she told robin she was ready to summon whatever it takes. >> maybe i'll wake up one morning and say, "i'm done, let's go to the beach." that could happen. or i could coach until they told me they had to pull the plug on me. that might happen too. >> if she feels that she doesn't have anything more to teach us, then she'll go to the beach. but if she believes she has something left to teach us, she's a teacher. >> reporter: a teacher whose very presence at the game this week was a challenge to a new generation to look up, dream big and fight on. >> every generation wants more for the next generation, and that's what pat wants and that's
what this generation of women like pat, they want for the next to do better. be better. just be happy. just be happy. >> and we are going to go where we deserve to go. let's go. >> want it as much as we have wanted it. want it more. want it more. >> reporter: and we'll be there cheering you on. >> yes. >> reporter: and so we choose pat summitt, who said once, "for others to respect you, respect yourself." be sure to watch a special "20/20" tonight on the lotto frenzy. and have a great weekend. next at 6:00 differing opinions on a mysterious incident that sent dozens of people to the hospital. >> and what standing in the way of this scheduled grand opening. >> z.megamillions main yachl
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